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February 8, 2016

Colleges and Institutes, leaders in international development

The Canadian college and institute system has managed to gain a growing international reputation as one of the most relevant and high quality professional and technical education systems, a fact that is almost better known internationally than within Canada.

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has played an important leadership role in this regard and, with the support of the federal government, has overseen the implementation of 700 projects and contracts in more than 100 countries with a combined value of more than $450 millions. These projects have helped developing countries improve their post-secondary systems and learn how to work with employers and the community to train their youth for employment and citizenship, instead of unemployment and marginalization These exchanges have helped train teachers and administrators, improve curricula or build stronger ties with employers. To that we can add countless individual initiatives led by colleges and institutes, faculty and students from all over Canada that have generously shared their expertise around the world.

The Canadian college model has inspired and supported the systems in China, India, Singapore, Vietnam, Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Chile and Brazil, to name a few.

This work has garnered attention all over the world, including at the Asian Development Bank that recently concluded from experience that the Canadian Professional and Technical Education and Training system (sometimes known as TVET) is among the most pertinent for emerging Asian countries. As a result, CICan won an international competition to implement the first activities to strengthen the Indonesian network of Polytechnics.

Another way to support international development, is to encourage exchanges between Canadian youth and their international counterparts to form true global citizens. However, despite a growing push towards internationalization at colleges and institutes across the country, Canada is still lagging behind other countries with only 3% of students studying abroad for at least one semester.

Canada is a relatively small trading nation which has played a positive role in the world so far using the UN and other multilateral forums and mechanisms to contribute to objectives that are dear to Canadians. The world has rapidly changed in the past decade, and we need to modernize our mechanisms and programs in order to maintain our presence and influence, contribute to greater understanding, employment and peace, and promote the experiences that have made Canada a magnet over the years. We cannot afford to stay divided and uncoordinated as we compete with other countries for our place in a more mutually dependent world.

New EFE project launched in Senegal


In late January 2016, Canadian colleges and institutes and CICan staff met in Dakar, Senegal to officially launch a new Education for Employment project. Under the banner Private Sector Growth Through Education for Employment, the project aims to train 13 500 Senegalese learners. This initiative was officially announced in December 2014 during the Sommet de la Francophonie and Economic Summit in Dakar.

College partners include Cégep de Trois-Rivières, Cégep de Sherbrooke, Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, Cégep de Jonquière, Cégep Marie-Victorin, Collège Boréal, Cégep Limoilou, Collège Montmorency, Collège de Maisonneuve, Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Cégep de Chicoutimi, Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick and Cégep André-Laurendeau.

CICan and its members and partners are pleased to move forward with this project! Stay tuned for more information.


Three Northern Territory Colleges sign MOU to increase collaboration


On February 1, Aurora College, Nunavut Arctic College and Yukon College signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at CICan’s headquarters in Ottawa. The MOU aims to increase cooperation between the three institutions in the areas of program development and delivery, resource material publication, staff development, distance education, research and development, and proposal and funding applications.

Jane Arychuck, President of Aurora College, Joe Kunuk, President of Nunavut Arctic College, and Dr. Karen Barnes, President of Yukon College, were in Ottawa, alongside CICan President and CEO Denise Amyot to sign the MOU. CICan looks forward to seeing how these three colleges will collaborate to reach their education, training and research goals!


CERIC and Canada Company collaborate to help veterans transition into civilian careers

The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) has partnered with Canada Company, a leader in military employment transition, to develop Military to Civilian Employment: A Career Practitioner’s Guide. Developed in consultation with the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs Canada, military-friendly employers, post-secondary institutions, front line career professionals and veterans and their families, the guide will help career professionals guide veterans through the transition to meaningful and satisfying work in the civilian labour market.

Click here to learn more about the career practitioner’s guide.


New WFCP newsletter released

WFCP logo

The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) has released its Winter 2016 newsletter, and has revealed its new logo! Read about the new logo, and about stories such as Fleming College’s water project with Northeast Community College in Nebraska. Make sure to mark your calendars for upcoming WFCP events!

Read the WFCP Winter newsletter.

Call for proposals: Post-Secondary Partnerships Program

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada is looking for proposals for the Post-Secondary Partnerships program (PSPP), which supports Canadian post-secondary institutions. The PSPP assists Canadian post-secondary institutions in the design and delivery of college and university level courses that focus on labour market needs and respond to the educational needs of First Nation and Inuit students. The program also fosters partnerships between institutions and communities, the private sector, not-for-profit organizations and other sectors so students can better meet labour market demands.

Read the eligibility and assessment criteria.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is March 2, 2016.

Eureka! Moment

A Kwantlen Polytechnic University graduate launched a clothing line for young girls with complex care needs. When Taylor Byrom volunteered with B.C. Children’s Hospital, she discovered that clothing for girls aged 2-5 who use wheelchairs or feeding tubes was often uncomfortable and restrictive. She set out to design clothes with welt openings or special types of pockets to make them more functional. What an innovative idea!


Carol Pollard is the new Vice President Administration and Chief Financial Officer at Keyano College. Appointment Notice

Geoff Wilmshurst is the new Vice President, Partnerships at Camosun College. Appointment Notice.

Shane Busny is the new Vice President, Administration at Camosun College. Appointment Notice.



Register now for CICan’s 2016 Conference!


CICan’s 2016 Conference will be held in Quebec City from May 29-31. The Conference will include pre-conference activities, networking meetings, keynotes, panel discussions and workshops, all opportunities to meet inspiring people and to be inspired.

Congratulations to Deepak Gupta from Centennial College and Stephen Neis from Lethbridge College for winning each a $50 gift certificate from Chapters. Be sure to stay at one of the three conference hotels to be automatically entered in upcoming draws.

Don’t miss out on the 3rd Annual Business and Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, May 31 featuring, Manjit Minhas, an entrepreneur and judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den who will share business lessons with equal parts force and finesse.

Click here to see the conference website. The website will be updated regularly with new content and program information, so be sure to add it to your bookmarks.

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